Firefighters have been showing students on Teesside the dangers of leaving chip pans and cooking unattended. Their displays at Stockton Riverside College are part of this year's Kitchen Fire Safety campaign being run by the Cleveland Brigade.
"This is a really high profile campaign as almost half of house fires across Cleveland start in the kitchen and by following a few simple tips, they could be prevented."
– Phil Lancaster, Director of Community Protection with the Service
Cleveland Fire Brigade has issued Chinese Lantern safety advice ahead of Chinese New Year celebrations. Since 2009 there have been 11 Chinese lantern incidents throughout Cleveland.
“With Chinese New Year almost upon us I appeal to local people to think about the potential consequences of igniting a sky lantern.
“The huge fire at Smethwick in the West Midlands last year is a reminder to us all of the devastation they can cause. As a Brigade we will continue to lobby the Government to introduce legislation to ban sky lanterns.
“Once they are lit and travel into the sky, no-one has any control over where and when they will land. They pose a serious risk to property, wildlife, the environment and people’s lives and the sooner they are banned, the better.”
– PHIL LANCASTER Cleveland Fire Brigade’s Director of Community Protection
SAFETY TIPS FROM CLEVELAND FIRE BRIGADE
-Lanterns must be used by responsible adults only
-Water should always be on hand in case the lanterns catch fire
-The launch area needs to be kept clear of combustible materialsDamaged lanterns must not be used
-Ensure sufficient clearance to avoid obstacles such as trees, powerlines or buildings
-Do not launch near roads, especially major roads or motorways
-Do not launch within five miles of an airport
-Do not launch in wind speeds in excess of five miles per hour (mph)Do not smoke whilst handling lanterns
Cleveland Fire Brigade has said it is "disappointed" that members of the Fire Brigade Union (FBU) will go on strike today.
Ian Hayton, Chief Fire Officer at Cleveland Fire Brigade, said:
"We are disappointed that a negotiated settlement could not be reached in this national dispute. The safety of our communities is, and always will be our number one priority, and I can reassure the public we will provide a professional emergency response throughout any period of disruption. We will respond promptly to all emergency calls received and the community volunteers who have come forward to be trained as auxiliary firefighters will play a large part in that response."
"We are asking members of the public to take extra care in order to reduce the risk of a fire in their homes, businesses and communities. Over the next few days we will provide advice, support and guidance on how to stay safe in the press, online and distributed across Cleveland, so please take some time to access and read this potentially lifesaving information."
– Ian Hayton, Chief Fire Officer at Cleveland Fire Brigade